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PartSelect Number PS310995
Also known as Cold Control or Temperature Control Thermostat. This part regulates the temperature of the fresh food section.
This part works with the following brands: GE, Hotpoint & Kenmore.
First unplug the refrigerator!Removed the top shelf of the refrigerator. Pulled off the knobs from the temp slider controls. Popped the cover off of the light and temp control section. This Hotpoint model has both thermostat and defrost timer easily accessible in the refrigerator compartment. Used a socket set driver to loosen the screws and remove the temp control section and unplugged the wire connectors. This freed the whole temp controlsection. On the workbench removed the old thermostat by unscrewing the screws with a socket driver. Unplugged the wires from the old thermostat then put the new one in. Then put the new one in the same holes, reconnected the wires and reassembled the everything. Then simply put this temp control box back in the original place (and reconnect the wire plugs)and put the screws back in . The hardest part is re-aligning the holes and the control levers, but this is not too bad. Plugged it back in and so far it has been turningon and off normally. (The old thermostat contactswere oxidized so I think this was the problem).
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1. Unplug, remove control knob from both temp control sliders, remove upper light bulb and light shield from refrigerator compartment. 2. Remove screw holding top of bracket control mod in place. 3. Lift bottom tab from slot and remove control mod from ref compartment. 3. Unplug temperature control and defrost timer and replace. (Each are held in place with two screws.) 4. Replace control mod. This part took me the longest because the space between the top of the control mod and the top of the ref. compartment is very small and replacing the nut was difficult. Use a nut driver with a long shaft. 5. Use screw driver to turn control button of defrost timer to start cycle. 6. Replace bulb cover and light bulb. 7. Set temp control to initial setting. 8. Have a Margarita and celebrate. It's been over a week and the refrigerator/freezer is working perfectly.
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